Vitamin C: The Skin Superhero

We all know that exposure to ultra violet rays, pollution, and even stress can wreak havoc on the skin and cause premature aging. But did you know that there is a skincare super hero that can fight these effects? And that it has been hiding in your kitchen all along?

You have probably been told to get lots of vitamin C when flu season comes around. Vitamin C is a great immunity booster when taken internally. It also has brilliant effects on the skin when applied topically.

Vitamin C is probably one of the best known antioxidants in the beauty world. Antioxidants are particularly important in the fight against aging because they can prevent or even reverse the signs of aging caused by free radicals. Free radicals attack the skin and can eventually cause breaks in collagen strands, which over time lead to wrinkles and sagging. Antioxidants neutralize free radicals, protecting the skin against damage and keeping t looking youthful and taut.

Vitamin C is also well-known for its benefits when it comes to collagen. Collagen is the connective tissue that makes up bones, teeth, blood vessels, cartilage, and more. It is also what keeps our skin firm and lifted. Sadly, over time, our collagen production levels decline, which is where vitamin C comes in handy. Studies have proven that treating human skin cells with a topical application of vitamin C can actually stimulate collagen production.

One of vitamin C’s best-known benefits is its ability to lighten hyperpigmentation (like sun spots or dark patches). Hyperpigmentation is caused when too much pigment-producing melanin is created. Vitamin C goes straight to work by inhibiting the production of melanin, thereby helping to fade dark spots.

But before you run to the kitchen and apply raw lemon juice to your face, there are a few things you should know. For best results, Vitamin C must be kept away from light and air or it will become ineffective. It also needs to be combined with the right ingredients to ensure that it stays stable, and if used in the wrong concentrations it can actually cause skin irritations. Luckily, there are several great vitamin C products available. Below are our five favorite vitamin C products for gorgeous skin.

Murad Essential-C Daily Renewal Complex – This potent anti-aging skin treatment is packed with a maximum dose of vitamin C and is scientifically proven to reduce the signs of photo damage by 46% in just four weeks

Phyto-C Serum Fifteen – Try this if you prefer to have your antioxidant protection in a lighter serum form. With 15% vitamin C, this is a great option for anyone who has just started to add vitamin C to their skincare routine.

TALIKA Bust High and C – This treatment proves vitamin C isn’t just for the face. Apply this quickly-absorbed cream to your chest to lift and restore the area and give it a tighter, more toned appearance.

Neostrata Skin Active Firming Collagen Booster – This serum utilizes vitamin C’s collagen boosting properties and teams it with plumping peptides and other anti-aging ingredients for firmer, bouncier skin.

Exuviance Skin Brightening Gel – An effective treatment for hyperpigmentation, this gel combines skin-brightening vitamin C and exfoliating AHAs to fade dark spots and promote cell renewal for smooth, even-toned skin.

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